Harry Streeter

Harry Streeter joined the army in the years before the First World War and later gave his life for his country. Harry Streeter was born the son of Alfred Samuel and Harriet Streeter in Newick, East Sussex on 10 January, 1884. He was brought up in Newick, attending school there and becoming a baker. At […]


Westham Memorial Bell

The parish church of St Mary in the Sussex village of Westham contains a somewhat unique war memorial. Walking inside the church you see the two war memorial plaques on the North wall to the men from the parish who fell in the First and Second World Wars. However there is another memorial in the […]


Framfield’s Memorial Trees

After the First World War, the village of Framfield, East Sussex planted trees to commemorate its fallen soldiers. In 1918, the Government found that it had amassed £6m from sales in military canteens so allocated £1.5m to a Welfare Fund for the benefit of returning soldiers. This worked out to be an award of 5 […]


Claude Nunney VC

Claude Nunney fought in the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the First World War and displayed ‘the highest degree of valour’. Born in Hastings, at 42 Bexhill Road, on 19 July 1892 as Stephen Sargent Claude Nunney, he was generally referred to by his family as Claude. His father was William Percy Nunney, born in Burford, Oxfordshire, […]


Hundred Days Offensive

In August 1918, the allied armies of Britain, France, and America unleashed a series of counter-attacks against the German army that brought the war to a conclusion. Having driven the Russians from the war in 1917 and fearing the arrival of thousands of American soldiers in the coming years, Germany had decided to try and […]


East Sussex First World War – 4th Anniversary

On 4 August 2018, the East Sussex WW1 project celebrated its fourth and final anniversary. Here we look back upon the fourth year of the project. We launched our website on 4 August 2014 (to coincide with the centenary of the start of the First World War) and, in the first, second, and third years of the […]


Crowborough Remembers

To mark the end of the First World War Centenary a festival will be held in Crowborough. This year marks the Centenary of the end of the Great War (1914-1918) and the Crowborough Community Festival will be commemorating this moment in history with a week-long programme of events called Crowborough Remembers in October 2018. A […]


Wadhurst History Society Exhibition

On Saturday 2nd June, Wadhurst History Society held an Exhibition in the Commemoration Hall to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation to the very day. We also held a smaller exhibition of the Suffragette/Suffragist movement in Kent and East Sussex, plus some national media reports about Emily Davison and meetings held at the […]


Albert Hendley – A Village Baker

Albert Henley was a baker in the years before the First World War. Following its outbreak he volunteered to fight. Albert Thomas Hendley was born in the village of Frant, East Sussex at the beginning of 1892. He was the youngest of William Richard Hendley and Annie Susanna née Flawn’s eight children. The Hendley family […]


East Sussex ‘Then and Now’: July 1917 – February 1918

‘Then and Now’ images Kieron Pelling has created a series of images especially for the East Sussex World War 1 website which overlay original photos taken during the period 1914 to 1919 with contemporary photos taken in the same place. The latest in this wonderful series, called ‘Then and Now’, can be seen in the […]